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Shannen Findlay

Duchess Camilla commits fashion faux pas in front of the Queen

The Commonwealth Day service held on Monday was believed to have caused a stir amongst guests as they watched both the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall appear in seemingly matching outfits.

The event marked the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth which saw Queen Elizabeth and her royal brood all together again – that is the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, looked stunning in a deep purple velvet Bruce Oldfield coat, with a matching hat decorated with vibrant feathers.

However, what stole the show was not her deep violet ensemble – it was the fact Queen Elizabeth looked eerily similar to her daughter-in-law in an almost identical outfit.

Queen Elizabeth’s outfit was a slightly lighter shade of purple, by private dresser Angela Kelly. The getup came off as characteristically regal and as bright as the Duchess’ – choosing to accessorise with her Kent Amethyst brooch, which included a necklace and earrings once owned by Queen Victoria.

The fashion faux pas made by Duchess Camilla was not overlooked by the public who took to social media to not critique the royal member for the blunder but commend her fashion choices.

“Camilla wins my vote. Queen’s purple is lovely as well,” one user quipped.

“Not sure it matters. I bet the colours appeared more dissimilar in person. Camilla's seemed a bit more navy to me, the Queen more purple. They both looked wonderful,” another wrote.

One royal fan took to Twitter to question how the fashion faux pas could have happened.

“So, the double purple day (Camilla and The Queen) leads me again to wonder how much communication/coordination happens between the royal ladies prior to a joint appearance,” the user wrote.

“Do their stylists work independently or consult the stylist of the higher-ranking lady?”

Scroll through the gallery above to see the royal duo both in purple outfits at the same event.

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